Hopeful Perspective

Do you ever feel hopeless?

Romans 15:4 tells us that “…the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” (New Living Translation). In fact, joy, peace, and abounding home come from believing in God (See Romans 15:13).  The amount of hope you have in your life directly corresponds to how much of the Bible you are digesting in your daily life.

Change you perspective, and begin to consume the Word.  You can meditate on the word through key scriptures and bible plans that help you read through the Bible in a year. You can get involved in a Bible Study and go deeper in the word. You can pull out the book of Psalms and begin to read them out-loud and your hope will rise as you put your trust in God.

Look at your life through the lenses of the finished work of the cross. You can abound in hope for your life and for everyone connected to you. God’s promises for you are good. You have a future and a hope because of Him.



Be Kind To Yourself

Are you hard on yourself?

If you are a mom, at one point or another you have probably blamed yourself for something…. you didn’t spend enough time with your son or daughter… you should have said the right thing… you should be like other mom’s who________ (you fill in the blank).

Now sometimes the Holy Spirit is genuinely convicting you of sin towards your son or daughter and you need to change your ways. Other times it is the enemy who is trying to make you live up to the “law” of what you “should” be as a mom.

Galatians 3:5 in the New Living Translation says, “… does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ”

Part of the way you can live out God’s word in your daily life is to cut yourself some slack… Trust the Holy Spirit to help you to do the best you can and then watch Him work a miracle in your son or daughter’s life.



Inherit the Land

Do you ever wonder whether it is worth it to do things God’s way?

Psalm 37:9 says, “ For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.” In the short run, it may look like cheating may get you ahead. But in the long run, God has a way of balancing the eternal scales.

If you choose to walk on a daily basis following God’s word and His will in His way, you will inherit the earth. You will possess all that is valuable and eternal. Choose today to do things God’s way.



Let Love Flow Through You

Love flows but not when you find yourself getting angry with your kids.

Psalm 37:8 says, “Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm.” As a mom you will undoubtedly have times that you are angry, but in your anger you don’t need to sin. If you lose your temper you will hurt your relationships. It is hard to mend a relationship when it has been torn with angry words.

I made the mistake as a young mom of feeling justified in my anger at times that my children behaved badly. Every child will misbehave at some point in their lives… your role as a mom is to train them to walk in God’s ways without crossing lines where you yell, scream, or discipline in anger.  Remember, love covers a multitude of sins. As you discipline and correct your children do it out of love for them. Let God’s love flow through you.



Rest in God

Do you rest in God’s presence?

Psalm 37:7 says “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” To be still in the presence of the LORD, requires you to put your trust in God and not in yourself. It cause you to turn away from self-reliance and to turn to a total confidence in God to bring things to pass.

Think about your life with your family. Are you becoming frustrated with situations that you can’t control?  Are your frustrated with your how your child acts, or your husband, or someone from work. If you are frustrated or fretting, then you are not at rest. To be at rest is to relax in God, to slow down and take a break from striving, to trust God to bring it to pass. What a great way to live — at rest in God’s presence.



Commit Your Way to God

Are you truly ready to commit your ways to God?

Psalm 37:5 says “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” The word for commit in the Hebrew is a picture of a camel being loaded down with packages getting down on it’s knees and rolling the whole load off of his back. When you truly commit your cares to God you roll them off of your back on to Him.

Today as you think about cares that may be heavy on your back, trust fully in God by confidently passing on your cares and even your desires to Him. He is the One who will bring it to pass in His timing and in His very unique way.



The Desires of Your Heart


Walk in How God has made you

Desires…Do you have the desires of your heart?

Psalm 37:3-4 says “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.Delight yourself also in the Lord,And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

God promises you the desires of your heart when you rely totally on Him and place your confidence completely in Him. When you delight yourself in Him, the secret petitions of your heart begin to come into agreement with the intimate will of God for your life. He is for you. He has made you in a certain way to bring glory and honor to Him. As you walk in how He has made you, in obedience to His will, the passions of your heart will be fulfilled.



All Things Work For Good

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” Romans 8:26-28 The Message Bible.

Have you ever been tired of waiting.

Did you know that God is the One who is helping you and I along.  When you don’t know what to pray or what to say, turn to Him, he knows.  He will pray through you giving you the words. He knows you better than you know yourself. He is the One that puts plans in your life and then accomplishes them for God.

Really, there is no condemnation, there is no accusation when you walk by God’s Word, His will, and His way. You can trust Him completely.  He cares about every detail of your life and He will bring good in your life. So trust Him to work all things together for good.



God’s Finishing Power

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears” Philippians 1:3-6 The Message Bible.

Do you every wonder if you will be able to finish what has been begun in you?

I have good news for you today. Jesus is both the author and the finisher of your faith.  You and I can be confident in the Goodness of God. You don’t have to have even a single doubt in your mind.  God is the One who began a good work in you. He is the One who will complete it.

I know that when God spoke to Wayne and I about adopting our sons, we knew that it was a risk. Our oldest son was already 12 years old when we adopted him and his brother was 8.  They had lived a long time in the orphanage and had experienced many painful things.  Wayne and I needed to put our confidence in God Himself who had called us to adopt. He is the One who is working in our sons life and drawing them to Himself.  He has a plan for each of their lives and He is the one who will fulfill His plan…

Put your hope in God’s finishing power. He is the One who is able to great things through His overcoming power.



Prayers Of Power

“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again” James 5:16-17 The Message Bible.

Do you ever feel the pressure to be perfect?

One thing that will protect you from perfectionism is to live by James 5:16 and 17.  You and I are encouraged to confess our faults, slips, false steps, offenses and sins to one another.  As we confess our sins openly, we are healed and restored. As you and I are honest before God and one another, our heartfelt prayers will be heard by God.  He will use the prayers of a righteous man or woman today to be like Elijah in the Old Testament. Even though Elijah was a human being with all the feelings, affections and the constitution of you and I, he prayed in earnest for it not to rain and it didn’t. Then when he did ask for rain, he saw the cloud the size of a man’s hand and He believed that God had answered his prayer.

Don’t try to walk into the promises of God in your own strength. Learn the power of humble heartfelt prayer and confession before God and one another. He will cause you to prayer prayers of power over your homes, families and nations of the earth.